Statement from the Angling Trust on the national lockdown rule as at 07 Jan 2021
Statement on behalf of the Shipston On Stour and District Angling Club Committee: As you can see we once again have permission to fish as individuals, but very locally. I will also place this statement on our Web Page.
Statement from the Angling Trust: Update January 7th 2021.The Government have now formally responded to the representations made by the Angling Trust. We have promoted the huge benefits of fishing on individual health and wellbeing and have been able to present a case to which the Government have listened. On this basis I am pleased to announce that fishing will be permitted during the third national lockdown in England.
The Head of Sports Participation at DCMS confirmed the following:
fishing is allowed as exercise so long as participants adhere to the rules on staying local gathering limits, social distancing and limiting the time spent outdoors.This has also been confirmed by DEFRA:
Cabinet Office have now officially confirmed that angling / fishing (incl. sea fishing off private boats, water sports) can be considered exercise and are hence permitted.
We have worked extremely hard to reach this position and we as anglers have a duty to abide by the strict conditions under which fishing is once again permitted. With infection rates and death tolls rising we must stick to the Government’s rules and ensure that angling remains part of the solution and does not cause problems.
Please bear in mind these key points which will be reflected in the new Angling Trust guidelines which we will publish shortly:
This is a strictly limited resumption of LOCAL fishing and very different to how we have been allowed to operate since May.
We are in a National Lockdown and this must be respected. The law requires a ‘reasonable excuse’ to leave your home or penalties will apply.
The Government has recognised that fishing can be seen as exercise, which is expressly permitted under the lockdown rules, although outdoor recreation is not.
Organised sporting gatherings are prohibited so no match fishing.
The exercise is limited to once a day so no overnight fishing whatsoever.
To remain within the law you should follow the Government’s guidance, and only fish locally within the district where you live. If you have no local fishing available then you will have to take your daily exercise in other ways.
We are once again able to enjoy the sport we love at a time when many others cannot and we must ensure that every angler adheres to the rules.
I would ask all anglers who are not members to join the Angling Trust and give us your support. We have worked tirelessly to achieve this outcome and that is only possible thanks to the support of our new and existing members. I would ask all anglers who value their ability to go fishing to make the same commitment as your fellow anglers have and join the Angling Trust. We are stronger together!
Stay safe and very best fishes
Chief Executive, Angling Trust
Club membership normally runs from the 1st April to 31st March each year and there is no joining fee, no waiting list.
We have an exciting and extensive list of club waters. In association with ADDAC and Stratford on Avon AA, whose members can also fish this water, we have secured the fishing rights to the River Avon below Severn Meadows Bridge, Pegs 1 to 51 at the racecourse.
The club also retains its traditional 7 stretches on the River Stour totalling approximately 4 miles of riverbank. Some of the stretches are adjacent to each other but are named differently due to their differing entry points. The majority of fishing is for coarse fish, the major species being Chub and Roach, but there are also Dace, Gudgeon, Perch, Eels, Pike and the occasional Carp and Tench. A good Stour Chub would be 3 1/2 lb and each year a few 1lb Roach and Perch are caught.
Trout are present in a couple of the higher stretches where the water is fishable with the fly in April and May, when there is a small Mayfly hatch, but after that weed growth makes it difficult. Some members have also been experimenting with Tenkara fly fishing techniques in some of the other stretches.
Whilst the majority of members are pleasure anglers there is an active match section fishing an average of 13 away matches and 20 home matches each year. The away matches are on a variety of match venues around the area, like Napton, Meadowlands, Boddington and Earlswood as well as other river venues at Hampton Lucy and Barford.
In more recent years the Club has undertaken a lot of work at our Railway Cutting Lakes at Aston Magna to bring them back from dereliction. Significantly more water is now available to fish. Over 1,000lb of additional fish were stocked into the Bottom lake and in the summer of 2010 the Middle lake was drained and desilted. In spring 2011 this water was restocked and has since been providing great sport with silver fish. The main lake also now has fishing positions all the way around and provides excellent fishing with Carp, Rudd, Tench and the occasional Chub and Roach.
The summer of 2012, saw significant levels of effort being put into the Top Lake, which was very overgrown and contained a fallen tree. All of this was removed and the water level raised. The water was restocked with more silver fish in the following winter and fished well through 2013. In early 2014 a large shoal of small bream were also added to this lake to improve it's year-round capabilities. Spring 2015 saw the introduction of 140 new tench to a couple of the lakes and we're hoping these will grow on well in the next couple of seasons. In December 2015 more carp were stocked into the Bottom Lake following an Autumn of major reworking of the water, which has increased both the fishable area and the depth of the water.
The three lakes are located in a secluded and sheltered wood with plenty of wildlife that has been spotted including badgers and roe deer.
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